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Sylvia Plath

Poet (27-Oct-1932 — 11-Feb-1963)


Paul Alexander. Rough Magic: A Biography of Sylvia Plath. New York: Viking Penguin. 1991. 402pp.

Renee R. Curry. White Women Writing White: H. D., Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, and Whiteness. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 2000. 200pp.

Adam Kirsch. The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets. W. W. Norton. 2005. 256pp. The six are: Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, Delmore Schwartz and Sylvia Plath.

Janet Malcolm. The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. 1994.

Diane Middlebrook. Her Husband: Hughes and Plath, a Marriage. New York: Viking Press. 2003. 361pp.

Arthur Oberg. Modern American Lyric: Lowell, Berryman, Creeley, and Plath. Rutgers University Press. 1978. 182pp.

Linda W. Wagner-Martin. Sylvia Plath: A Biography. New York: Simon & Schuster. 1987. 282pp.


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  7. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers

  8. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.605)

  9. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.564)

  10. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1170)

  11. New York Public Library Literature Companion (p.190)

  12. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.592)

  13. World Authors 1950-1970 (pp.1143-45)

  14. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.810)

  15. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.576)

  16. International Dictionary of Women's Biography (p.374)

  17. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.399)

  18. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.4, p.68)

  19. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English (p.859)

  20. Who's Who in Twentieth-Century World Poetry (p.256)

  21. Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States (pp.665-67)

  22. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.12)

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